Kathleen Baker Takes 200 Back Title with 7th Fastest Time in History


Kathleen Baker posted the 7th-fastest swim in history to win the NCAA championship in the 200 yard backstroke tonight, swimming the event in 1:48.44 (53.22/55.22). With that time, she now holds two of top 10 performances in history.

Alexia Zevnik took second in 1:49.09, which makes her the 5th-fastest performer in history. Kentucky freshman Asia Seidt also earned herself a place on the top 10 list, swimming a 1:49.63 on Saturday for the 10th spot.

Baker and Zevnick were neck-and-neck throughout the race, but Baker took her lead on the final wall with an enormous underwater to win the race.

All Time Top Performers: Women’s 200 Back

  1. Elizabeth Pelton– 1:47.84
  2. Missy Franklin- 1:47.91
  3. Kathleen Baker– 1:48.33 (Pac-12s)
  4. Gemma Spofforth- 1:48.34
  5. Alexia Zevnik1:49.09
  6. Courtney Bartholomew- 1:49.35
  7. Janet Hu1:49.36
  8. Natalie Coughlin- 1:49.52
  9. Asia Seidt1:49.63

The 200 back was Baker’s third individual title of the meet. She won the 200 IM in 1:51.69 and the 100 back in 49.84. In addition, she was a member of Cal’s silver medal winning 800 free relay on Wednesday.

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3 years ago

NCAA meet MVP!?

bobo gigi
Reply to  Swammerjammer
3 years ago

Kathleen won 3 individual races like KL but KL also broke an American record. Advantage to KL. But honestly it’s not so important. 🙂

Attila the Runt
Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

Baker on 3 relays (one DQ’d), Ledecky one. Baker’s 1:42.66 split was better (in terms of achieving potential) than Ledecky’s 1:40, which she matched flat starting.

samuel huntington
Reply to  Attila the Runt
3 years ago

isn’t Ledecky going to be on the 400 free relay?

Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

Gotta say, Bobo correct as always. Ledecky had the indiv AR, 4 NCAA records (2 indiv, 2 relays), outsplit Baker and won both relays where they both swam, broke an NCAA Champs record by 20 seconds AND her team won NCAAs over Cal by the largest victory margin by a team in 14 years. Ledecky the MVP, Swimmer of Meet and Year for NCAA.

Tom from Chicago
3 years ago

I like the extra kick Baker does going into the walls on backstroke.

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Rachel has been swimming ever since she can remember. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where she learned to love swimming with the Walnut Creek Aquabears. She took her passion for swimming to Willamette University in Salem, Oregon where she primarily competes in sprint freestyle events. In addition …

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